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Fitness Junkie

Cover: 'Fitness Junkie'

Staff Review: "Fitness Junkie" by Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza


Fitness Junkie is the story of Janey Sweet and her search for a leaner body after a lifelong friend and boss told her that she could lose her job if she didn't shed 30 pounds. Janey throws herself into the ultimatum with gusto by trying all of the fad diets, strange cult-like workouts, and self-searching.  Ever hear of eating clay as a magical diet?  Janey tries it.  How about a yoga class called Free the Nipple?  She does that too.  As Janey tries and tries again, she finds something that she really grows into that changes how she sees her pursuit for a skinny body in a whole new light.

I wasn't sure about picking up a book with a premise that a woman would need to lose weight in order to keep her job, but I sure am happy that I did as it exceeded my expectations!  The satirical nature of the book, confronting the weight loss and fitness industry, is wonderful and I found myself laughing at the absurdity of some of the things Janey tries out to get thin. The cast of characters are great and I especially loved how the audiobook version narrator had a voice for each person.  As a person who works out on a regular basis, and having been insecure about my body at points in my past, I felt I could relate to a number of the characters in their pursuit for bodily perfection.  I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a funny, contemporary novel to read.

Audience: adults | Genre: contemporary fiction

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